Meet the NQAC Team
CFI / Chief Pilot
Sally was born and raised in Newcastle and Sydney before moving to Far North Queensland with her family in 1990. Sally learnt to fly at the NQAC in 1992 whilst still at school, and in late 1993 after completion of Year 12 started working in the office at the NQAC. Obtaining a commercial pilots licence in late 1995, she continued to work for the NQAC in the office and also doing charter work and scenics. A couple of years later, a chance conversation with the then CFI of the NQAC lead her to do something she never intended on doing, an Instructor Rating.
Sally has continued to work for the NQAC, now as CFI/Chief Pilot and testing officer and has been in that role for well over a decade. Teaching people to fly has become her life. She also enjoys travelling and has a small cattle property in Mareeba that keeps her busy on her weekends however resides in Cairns during the week.
Sally was also on a volunteer CASA Flying Training advisory Board for 6 years, providing advice to CASA relating to flying training matters.
Grade 1 Flight Instructor
Jack grew up in South Australia and began learning to fly in 2012. He gained his Commercial Pilots Licence in 2015. He has since worked as an agricultural pilot flying aerial spraying aircraft on the Atherton Tablelands and as a charter pilot across the Far North. Outside of aviation Jack has always held a strong interest and worked for a few years in agriculture and farming. He gained his Instructor Rating in 2019 with the NQAC and has been casually instructing with the Club as a Grade 2 Instructor since 2021 and joined the team as a permanent instructor in October 2022. He enjoys flying a wide variety of aircraft, especially vintage taildraggers.
Grade 2 Flight Instructor
Jesse was born and raised in South East Queensland on a rural property. He is a Draftsman by trade however had an interest in aeroplanes from a very young age. When the opportunity presented itself to learn to fly, he jumped at it, gaining a Commercial Pilots Licence in 2018. He then completed his instructor rating with the NQAC in 2020. Jesse has also worked in the hot air balloon industry locally as ground crew.